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McNulty fires warning over Stormont failure

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

JUSTIN McNulty MLA has said the lack of an agreement at Stormont will have real and immediate consequences far beyond the "corridors of power".
Negotiations to form a new power-sharing executive after this month's election collapsed on Sunday, ahead of yesterday's (Monday) 4pm deadline.
The two biggest parties, the DUP and Sinn Fein, blamed each other.
Commenting on the failure to set up an executive, Newry and Armagh SDLP MLA Mr McNulty said: "Many of the services which we rely on for the most vulnerable in our society, like the children in childcare, the elderly in community based schemes and those with learning disabilities will be hit the hardest. 
"Thousands of people, mainly women, are employed in the community and voluntary sector here and they provide vital frontline services for those in need, but, they need budget certainty.
"As we approach the end of the financial year, Stormont or the Department of Health, cannot tell them if they are getting any money next year to carry on their work.  This is dreadful and an indictment on our political system.
"And Brexit is looming with the triggering of Article 50 by the Tories this week. Stormont has no strategy and are ill prepared for the consequences. Our energies should be focussed entirely on getting special status for the North as we are the area who are going to be most impacted. 
"We've had three weeks since the election, and we've talks about talks but no real progress. I've been involved in some of those discussions, and whilst progress has been made on some issues, there is a serious lack of progress or real engagement on key issues."

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